Judicial

Muslim scholar praises UAE for leading role in fighting hate and racism

Abu Dhabi (IINA) - A leading Muslim scholar praised the United Arab Emirates (UAE) as a leader in fighting hate and for criminalizing all forms of discrimination on the grounds of religion, caste, creed, doctrine, race, color or ethnic origin, Gulf Newspaper reported.

The UAE was the first Arab country to enact a law that criminalizes the belittling [of] religions and all forms of discrimination on the grounds of religion, caste, creed, doctrine, race, color or ethnic origin, Secretary-General of the European Islamic Conference Dr. Mohammad Al Bishari told the Majlis of Sheikh Mohammad Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces.

Al Bishari also commended the UAE's leadership on its commitment to hold an international convention that criminalizes electronic terror. Dr. Al Bishari, who received the Order of King Abdullah for Excellence of the First Class in 2016, said the UAE was the first Arab country to pass a law that criminalized belittling religions, praising the UAE's leadership on that front.

Dr. Al Bishari said there are 450 to 500 million Muslims who live in majority non-Muslim countries, including 200 million in India, nearly 50 million in Europe and 12 million in North America.

Source: International Islamic News Agency